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Grand Portage Elder program seeking board member candidates

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 7:25am

It is time for the Grand Portage Elder Advisory Board elections. Current board members have been in office for several years. A nominating committee will be asked to contact potential candidates and the election will be held in late September.  Anyone interested in serving is asked to please contact Patty Winchell-Dahl or Marie Spry for more information at (218) 475-2655.

Weekend News Roundup for August 17

Sat, 08/17/2013 - 9:32am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Emerald ash borers have been found in Superior, Wisconsin. An MPA review of preliminary PolyMet environmental documents is questioned. There’s a dead zone in Lake Michigan and underage drinkers are arrested in a local pit party raid…all in this week’s news.


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Host families wanted for AFS students

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 7:48pm

Families interested in expanding their horizons without leaving town may want to consider hosting an AFS student.  The team development specialist for this area, Lisa Boynton, recently notified Cook County Schools that host families are still being sought for the upcoming school year.

One match has already been made in Cook County.  Jay and Laura LaFavor will be welcoming a young woman from Germany named Teresa.  She will arrive in early August. 

Families interested in hosting a student can read biographies on students still needing homes, such as the following:

Elena, a girl from Italy, has a passion for the arts and enjoys music, painting, theater and dance.  She also is a leader in her local Girl Scout troop.  

Hendrick, a boy from Germany, loves sports – biking, swimming and going to the lake in the summer and skating and sledding in the winter.  He also enjoys spending time with his dog, George, and two rabbits.

Claudia, a girl from Austria, has a passion for music.  She enjoys skiing, running, swimming and hiking.  Her favorite subjects at school are math and history.

Rodrigo, a boy from Brazil, has a passion for music and plays both the guitar and keyboard.  He enjoys sports as well.  He has a strong academic focus and after high school wants to go on to college to be an engineer.

Ride along on the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride Saturday, August 17

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 7:46pm

The 13th Annual Gitchi-Gami Trail Association North Shore Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17. The recreational bike ride will once again begin and end in beautiful Gooseberry Falls State Park, located between Two Harbors and Silver Bay on scenic Highway 61.

As in past years, riders will be able to choose between 28-mile and 55-mile routes. New this year is a 37-mile option that will give bikers a chance to ride on the new 3.2-mile section of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail between Silver Bay and Beaver Bay that was officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting in June.

The 28-mile ride option is entirely on the Gitchi-Gami State Trail, from Gooseberry through historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, to a rest stop at the Beaver Bay trailhead, and returning on the trail. The 55-mile option follows the GGST to Beaver Bay and adds a loop north of Beaver Bay on paved county and state roads. The new 37-mile option adds a shorter loop north of Beaver Bay, circling back through Silver Bay and returning on the new trail section. Both of the longer rides return to Gooseberry on the trail.

The ride begins at 9 a.m. Riders are requested to depart by 10:30 a.m. Parking for the ride is in a lot inside Gooseberry Falls State Park. Vehicles will need an annual state park vehicle sticker or a daily vehicle pass (a daily pass will be provided by the GGTA as part of the registration fee).

 More information is available on the GGTA website, On the website, riders can register for the ride online and can also download mail-in registration forms. Ride brochures with registration forms are also available along the North Shore.

Invasive plant workshops for landowners

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 1:02pm

The Cook County Invasive Team (CCIT) is sponsoring two Invasive Plant Control and Tree Planting Workshops in Cook County this week; on Wednesday, August 14 at the Cook County Community Center and Thursday, August 15 at the Hovland Town Hall.  (Click on audio mp3 above to hear a short feature about local efforts to combat the spread of terrestrial invasive species.)

Workshop participants will learn to identify and control Canada thistle, common tansy, spotted knapweed and other invasive plants. There will also be information on herbicide application techniques, planting and restoration.
The workshops are funded in part by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Presented by the Cook County Invasive Team,Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association, and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Workshop times and locations:

August 14 – Grand Marais: 5:30 pm at the Grand Marais Community Center
August 15 – Hovland: 6:30 pm at the Hovland Town Hall
More information from Angelique Edgerton (Cook County Invasive Team), 218-387-3772, or Mike Reichenbach (MN Extension),  218-726-6470.

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USFS closes campsites due to bear activity

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 11:02am

The U.S. Forest service has today closed all campsites on two lakes in the BWCAW until further notice. The campsites affected are on Caribou and Little Caribou lakes.

According to Superior National Forest Supervisor, Brenda Halter, the closures were made to reduce safety hazards posed by aggressive bear activity in the area.

Bears have been a problem in the area for a number of weeks. The restrictions remain in effect as long as the sites continue to be posted or the closure order is lifted.